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Is there a mumps vaccination?

Page last updated 02 July 2018

Yes. 

In Australia, immunisation against mumps is provided as part of the National Immunisation Program (NIP).

  • Children at 12 months – the first dose of mumps vaccine is given in combination with measles and rubella (as MMR vaccine)
  • Children at 18 months – the second dose of mumps vaccine is given in combination with measles, rubella and varicella (chickenpox)

All children under 10 years of age can receive the free NIP vaccines.

  • Children at 12 months – the first dose of mumps vaccine is given as the MMR combination vaccine.
  • Children at 18 months of age – the second dose of mumps vaccine is given as the MMRV combination vaccine.
  • All children under 10 years of age can receive the free vaccines as listed on the NIP.

If you were born during or after 1966 and do not have evidence of having received 2 doses of a mumps-containing vaccine, you may no longer have immunity against the disease and may need an additional dose vaccination.

For further information regarding vaccination against mumps, speak with your healthcare professional.

Sources & Citations

  1. The Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition. 4.11 Mumps. Available at http://www.immunise.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/Handbook10-home~handbook10part4~handbook10-4-11 (accessed 4 April 2018).
  2. National Immunisation Program Schedule. Australian Government, Department of Health. Available at https://beta.health.gov.au/topics/immunisation/immunisation-throughout-life/national-immunisation-program-schedule (accessed 4 April 2018).

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0135a - Date of preparation May 2018

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